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Writers:
Oakley Hall (novel)
James Salter (writer)
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Release Date:
2 February 1970 (Sweden) See more »
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Tagline:
How fast must a man go to get from where he's at?
Plot:
Quietly cocky Robert Redford joins U.S. ski team as downhill racer and clashes with the team's coach, played by Gene Hackman. Lots of good skiing action leading to an exciting climax. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Rousing snowy outdoors and Robert Redford as a capricious and cocky skier See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Robert Redford ... David Chappellet

Gene Hackman ... Eugene Claire

Camilla Sparv ... Carole Stahl
Karl Michael Vogler ... Machet

Jim McMullan ... Johnny Creech
Kathleen Crowley ... American Newspaper Woman

Dabney Coleman ... Mayo
Kenneth Kirk ... D. K. Bryan
Oren Stevens ... Tony Kinsmith
Jerry Dexter ... Ron Engel
Walter Stroud ... Mr. Chappellet
Carole Carle ... Lena
Rip McManus ... Bruce Devore
Joe Jay Jalbert ... Tommy Erb
Tom J. Kirk ... Stiles
Robin Hutton-Potts ... Gabriel
Heini Schuler ... Meier
Peter Rohr ... Boyriven
Arnold Alpiger ... Hinsch
Eddie Waldburger ... Haas
Marco Walli ... Istel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Ballard ... Candy Vendor (uncredited)
Robert Brendlin ... Announcer (uncredited)
Harald Dietl ... Journalist (uncredited)
Christian Doerman ... Brumm (uncredited)
Richard Egan ... Extra in bar scene (uncredited)

Michael Gempart ... Hotel Receptionist (uncredited)
Rudi Gertsch ... Selznick (uncredited)
Walter Gnilka ... Austrian Journalist (uncredited)
Werner Heyking ... Helgerson (uncredited)
Noam Pitlik ... T.V. Announcer (uncredited)
James Sandoe ... Spectator (uncredited)
Harald Schreiber ... Oliviera (uncredited)
Alexander Stampfer ... Skier No. 16 (uncredited)
Ulrike von Zerboni ... Jeanine (uncredited)

Natalie Wood ... Herself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oakley Hall  novel
James Salter  writer

Produced by
Richard Gregson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kenyon Hopkins 
 
Cinematography by
Brian Probyn 
 
Film Editing by
Richard A. Harris  (as Richard Harris)
 
Art Direction by
Ian Whittaker 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Bill Lodge .... makeup artist (as William J. Lodge)
 
Production Management
Walter Coblenz .... production manager
Paul Hitchcock .... executive in charge of production
Stanley O'Toole .... executive in charge of production: Paramount Pictures (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Coblenz .... assistant director
Graham Ford .... second assistant director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
David Wimbury .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tony Teiger .... props
 
Sound Department
Elden Ruberg .... sound recordist
Kevin Sutton .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Roy L. Downey .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Stefan Zürcher .... ski stunts
Joe Jay Jalbert .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Busbridge .... camera operator (as Tony Busbridge)
Alan Hewison .... camera operator
Joe Jay Jalbert .... camera operator
Jean-Paul Janssen .... camera operator
Jean-Pierre Janssen .... camera operator
Austin Parkinson .... camera operator
Michael Temple .... camera operator
Arthur Wooster .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia May .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Nick Archer .... supervising editor
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Renate Arbes .... location manager (as Renate Neuchi)
Don Record .... title designer
Robert Simmonds .... location manager
Joe Jay Jalbert .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Natalie Wood .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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101 min
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Edith Head had begun work on this film back in the spring of 1967 when her contract with Paramount can to an end. It is debatable how much of her contribution still remains in the completed film but she regarded this film as one of her 1000+ films of her incredibly long costume career.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just after the Olympic Downhill Gold Medal racers reach the finish line, an announcer says (in German) "please clear the course; the first racer will be down in 5 minutes."See more »
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Featured in Twilight (1998)See more »
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Rousing snowy outdoors and Robert Redford as a capricious and cocky skier, 16 October 2012
Author: ma-cortes

Sport movie about an egoist man who unites a notorious ski team , it's mainly a character study . It deals with a small-town egotist named David Chappellet (Robert Redford in one of his earliest protagonists roles) joins U.S. ski team as downhill racer and clashes with the team's coach (Gene Hackman). Meanwhile , David falls in love with a beautiful and glamorous girl (Camilla Sparv who married Robert Evans of Paramount)

Colorful and vivid story about ski sports with Robert Redford as a bleak and grimly character as a quietly mean-spirited sportsman who joins USA Olympic Games Ski team . Lots of dazzling skiing action leading to an thrilling highlight . Redford did all his own skiing for this , ten days before shooting began , he accidentally drove a snowmobile over a cliff, tearing his tendon and requiring seven stitches in his knee . Redford's good performance and a gorgeous Camilla Sparv ; however , both of them are two unappealing characters . Fine secondary cast but playing brief interventions as Karl Michael Vogler as Machet , Kathleen Crowley as American Newspaper Woman , Dabney Coleman as Mayo and cameo by Natalie Wood who appeared, well-disguised, as an extra in some crowd scenes ; she worked as an assistant behind the scenes , she typed script revisions, shopped for wardrobe and props . Worth enduring for the spectacular ski scenes that are justly the basic visual splendors . Astonishing Alpine location cinematography being splendidly filmed by cameraman Brian Probyn . Shot on location in Boulder, Colorado, USA (training track scenes) Durango, Colorado, and Kitzbühel and Europe : Tyrol, Austria , Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Kanton Bern, Switzerland . Atmospheric and enjoyable musical score by Kenyon Hopkins .

Michael Ritchie's visceral feature film debut for which he was hired by Robert Redford ; being efficiently directed but hard to amusing . He started his career as an assistant producer in television in the early 1960s and repeating with Robert Redford in ¨The candidate¨. Sports continued to be his forte, his greatest box-office successes being satirical movies about baseball ¨Bad New Bears (1976)) and gridiron ¨Semi-Tough¨(1977)) and ¨Wildcats¨ (1986) . With less commercial success , he took a humorous swipe at beauty pageants with the underrated film ¨Smile¨ (1975). While his work became more mainstream during the 1980's, it does include a few memorable comedies, notably ¨Fletch¨(1985) and its sequel ¨Fletch lives¨(1989) . But also made agreeable comedies such as ¨The survivors ¨, ¨The couch trip¨, ¨The golden child¨ , ¨A simple wish¨ and even Noir film as ¨Prime cut¨. Rating : Acceptable and passable .

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